Hi! I’m Nicole Nelson.
This journey has been more difficult than I ever thought it would be, but also so fruitful.
As a kid I would daydream and pretend play a lot. There were so many dreams that I naively thought would be fulfilled once I became an adult and got my life squared away.
Honestly, I don’t know if I fully knew what to expect. (Do any of us?) I just knew that, if I didn’t become a religious sister, I wanted land and animals, to be a nurse, and to have a family with an adoring husband.
It sounded so simple.
The summer after my freshman year of college, I got pregnant. Within 10 months, I married the love of my life, had our baby, and moved out of my home state and into his. It was a bit of a whirlwind.
After the novelty wore off, I experienced quite a culture shock. Since neither my husband or I had finished college, we started out with very little. While the importance of saving money was instilled in me in my childhood, I still had to get used to living more frugally in the day to day. I had to learn how to go without certain things and make do with what I had on hand.
Learning how to be a wife and mom was a bit more challenging than I realized it would be as well. As the oldest of nine kids taking care of babies was something I was used to, but it held a whole new meaning once those babies were mine.
I don’t want to bore you with the ins and outs of the newness of this season of my life, but it was the catalyst that brought us to where we are now.
There was a metamorphosis that happened in those early years of marriage and motherhood. It was a season of growth and a merging of two worlds.
During that time, my passion for homesteading and my yearning for land to call our own continued to grow. I learned new skills and fostered old ones in the waiting.
It felt like it would take forever for us to achieve our dreams (my husband and I share the dream of farm life), so I decided to try to help our financial situation through home-based businesses. I made candles, sold essential oils, started this blog, became a virtual assistant, and am now a life coach for moms and have a small-scale chicken farm.
Looking back gives me hope for the future. We are still far from where we want to be, but in those years of waiting and growing we also learned to more fully put our trust in the Lord.
That’s what I want for you.
If you get nothing else out of this blog, I hope that it gives you renewed hope toward the dreams that God has placed in your heart, and encourages you to continue to trust Him in your current season despite your circumstances.
God’s not done with you.
He has a plan and a purpose for your life, and He’s asking you to trust Him – one step at a time.
- My husband and I now have 6 kids (plus 1 we hope to meet again in heaven)
- I was homeschooled K-12
- When I was 12, I would help muck out a neighbors horse stalls and clean tack just to be around the horses
- I’m an introvert
- I love to cook
- As a kid I wanted to be Amish before I realized that it was a religion
- I’m Roman Catholic
- We are currently living with my parents while we save up for a home of our own
- Our farming is currently done on my parent’s land